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Queen Elizabeth National Park


Straddling the equator, Queen Elizabeth National Park may well be Uganda’s most diverse national park offering a variety of activities and locations well worth visiting. In the northeast the Kasenyi plains are popular for their large herds of Uganda kob and prides of lions. A boat ride on the Kazinga Channel allows one to witness elephant, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo cooling off in the channel and offers a magnificent spectacle for birders. Chimp tracking is possible further south in the Kyambura Gorge and a walk around Lake Nyamusingire in the ancient Maramagambo Forest gives you an opportunity to approach the bat cave, home to thousands of bats and known for the gigantic rock pythons found here. Some of the most spectacular views are guaranteed on a drive along crater track, where 8000 years ago volcanic explosions created dozens of craters, whose floors are now covered with either salt water lakes, savannah or forest. One of the few places on earth where you can see the famous tree-climbing lions is Ishasha, located in the southernmost corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park, adjacent to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. From each and every location you have the magnificent backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains, which, weather permitting, may give you a glimpse of their glaciers.

The park is home to over 95 mammal species, among them 10 species of primates, and a staggering 600 species of birds, all of which combined make this national park Uganda’s most popular tourist destination.


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